Thursday, February 9, 2017

Shades of Brown



"When you train your eyes to see the magic and miracles in the little things, you open the door for your whole life to shift."  -  Carol Woodliff


The warmish February afternoon was perfect for shooting.  Megan grabbed her bow and arrows.  I grabbed my Nikon.  

I left Megan at the archery range to wander on the paths.   

A lovely older lady watched me as she walked down the path, "I have to ask" she said, "What are you taking pictures of?"  

"The milkweed pods." I say with a smile.

She replied in one, short, curt, disapproving syllable, "Oh."


I started to open my mouth to explain...I wanted to tell her how a few pods are open exposing their fluffy seeds.  I wanted to tell her if you look close you can see all the different textures and the many shades of brown in the woods.  I wanted to show her what she didn't see...

But before I could utter a word, she had turned and walked away. 


There is a knowing within me that this world is beautiful.  It is a viewpoint not on the highlight reels of the evening news, but I believe it with my whole heart.  In nature, still life or real life, there is beauty to be found.  I, we, just have to look for it.  

One of the many reasons why I take pictures is to  capture the beauty in my world.  I want to point out beauty to those who may overlook it, including myself at times, and maybe...make the part of the world I touch a happier place.

I wish I could have shared all this with the lady at the park, maybe next time...  

Where have you found beauty in your world today? 

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Michelle



Sunday, February 5, 2017

My Daughter's Portrait



"A daughter is one of the most beautiful gifts this world has to give." 
 -  Laurel Atherton
"Daughters hold our hands for a little while but hold our hearts forever."  
 -  unknown


The chilly wind blowing across the water makes standing by the lake even colder.  Despite the cold, I still like to visit the lake in the winter.  I like how quiet it is, no boats or people...other than me and my daughter, Megan.

Megan doesn't like her picture taken.  I have to bribe, yell and sometimes have a temper tantrum for her to cooperate and let me take her picture.  This time we struck a deal...no head shot, but she would hold a feather for me...

Even though I can't see her face I can tell it is her, as any mother could tell you of their child.  Carefree hair blowing in the wind.  Long fingers which thoroughly enjoy wrapping around her bow and arrows.  Four silver rings and an out of focus pedant she made shows her style and creative side.  The craft store feather reminds me of her love for her little rosey bourke parakeet, Rosie.  

I guess I didn't need to take a picture which included her face to capture her personality...maybe I will get a head shot next time. :)

Today I am joining Sarah at Paisley Rain Boots and Lee at Sea Blue Lens for Scene and Story sharing a favorite shot of the month and the story behind it.  Give them a visit and check out the other stories while you are there.  

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Michelle



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Focus



"Where focus goes energy flows...shift your focus toward where you want to go and your actions will take you in that direction."  -  Tony Robbins


I like to get close.  I like to find details I would otherwise miss: little hairs, delicate petals or barely detectable spots.  I found those things and a few others at Franklin Park Conservatory's orchid show last week. (check it out HERE)


It was a photo day where hours feel like minutes, growling stomachs get ignored and I actually thought my phone was broken because the time it said was so late.  It was a good day.  :)


Instead of a New Year's resolution I picked one word to guide my year.  I chose Focus.  I want to clearly see what is important to me, and not be easily distracted...stay focused.  


It seems a little ironic to talk about my word Focus when a good percentage of each image here is out of focus.  


But I think these images actually illustrate why I chose the word Focus.  I want to bring what is important to me to the forefront...letting the rest fall away.  


Thank you so much for stopping by!
Have a great day!

Michelle



Thursday, January 26, 2017

Breakfast



"What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?"  
 -  Anthony Bourdan
"Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."  
 -  Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland


Is there one ingredient in your kitchen cabinet which you always add a little more of to the recipe than it recommends?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sisters



"A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning
 of life."   -  Isadora Jones


I love my big sister.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Traveling


"To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted."  -  Bill Bryson
"One's destination is never a place but a new way of seeing things."  -  Henry Miller


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas!



"My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others."  -  Bob Hope
"Gifts of time and love are surely the basic ingredients of a truly Merry Christmas."  -  Peg Bracken


Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Desert



"I don't see the desert as barren at all; I see it as full and ripe.  It doesn't need to be flattered with rain.  It certainly needs rain, but it does with what it has, and creates amazing beauty."  -  Joy Harjo

The first time I visited the desert I was in my early 20's...and I didn't like it.